Israel’s Inside ministry informed CNN that Abramovich had arrived in Tel Aviv on Monday, however would not verify his citizenship standing.
Israel’s Absorption Ministry, which is chargeable for immigrants throughout their first three years within the nation, additionally declined to touch upon the case as it is a non-public matter.
The Russian-Jewish billionaire would have been granted citizenship underneath the Regulation of Return which permits Jews to grow to be residents of Israel.
A supply near Abramovich informed CNN final week that the billionaire’s UK visa had expired about three weeks earlier, and that an software was made for a brand new one however the strategy of renewal had taken longer than anticipated. There had been no indication about why the UK visa course of had taken so lengthy, the supply mentioned.
Answering a query from CNN throughout a name final week with journalists, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned companies within the UK had been “going through numerous manifestations of unfriendly and unscrupulous competitions.”
Spokespeople for Abramovich, Chelsea Soccer Membership and the British Residence Workplace all declined to touch upon his visa standing.
Abramovich, who purchased Chelsea in 2003, is Russia’s 11th richest man with a value of $10.eight billion, in line with Forbes journal.